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World War II Nurse Celebrates 100 Years of Life

Published On: Sep 04, 2012

Lille Magette, a resident of Christian Living Communities' Johnson Center in Denver, CO, celebrated her 100th birthday on Sept. 2. 

Lille served as a tent nurse in the European theatre of World War II. At one point, Lille was sent to a hospital in Liege, Belgium, where she cared for German prisoners of war. 

"I enjoyed taking care of the prisoners of war because they had such chest wounds and needed help so badly. After all, we are all God's people, and they were lovely to me."

She ended her Army career as a captain, and was awarded 4 Battle Stars for:

  • Normandy
  • Northern France
  • Rhineland
  • Battle of the Bulge

Lille continued on as a nurse after the war, working for a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Lincoln, NE, for 18 years.

Lille's Secrect to a Good Life?

During her birthday celebration, which included more than 100 guests, Lille offered this piece of advice: "I always say 'enjoy life, travel a lot, drink a little of scotch now and then, and just enjoy life, enjoy people,'" Magette told KUSA-TV.


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